When to Get Help for Drug Addiction | Intervening Drug Abuse

When to Get Help for Drug Addiction | Intervening Drug Abuse


For interventions we have a tough job because when our phone rings it isn’t, hey my 17 year old’s pulling straight A’s and I just found a half
of a joint under his room and he’s on the Lacrosse team. You’re finding needles,
there’s legal issues, there’s stealing, they’re living in sometimes deplorable
conditions, they’re relentless, they’re badgering you,
they’re demanding money, your kid’s running the show. They’re living rent-free,
consequence-free, and moms and dads and
the rest of the family are all scratching their
head on what to do. One of the hardest parts of
being an Intervention Counselor is that we basically
have to convince a family to go against every parental
instinct they’ve ever had in helping their child,
because if it were any other fatal illness, what they were
doing would be effective. But when it comes to addiction, feeding them comfort, providing them, allowing them to operate
their addiction with impunity, is why they’re in the
position that they’re in. A family doesn’t have to
wait for them to want it, they don’t have to wait
for them to hit bottom. The family can step in and do
something before it gets bad. A family systems, environment,
and behavioral modification, all three have to come together. You know, the majority of
the people that call us, this isn’t their first rodeo. When you listen to all
the failed attempts, it’s so repairable. But yet, because families try this so many times their own way, by the time they get on the phone with us, many of the times they don’t even believe what we’re telling them is true, because they don’t think it’s possible because they’ve lost all hope. Nothing is going to get
better staying the same. Drug addicts need a complete change.

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